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    Default Seeking help on 5008 Squadron

    I am researching my grandfather's WW2 service in the RAF (L.A.C. Appleby, L.S., service number 1658662). His letters and diaries record his unit as 4705 Flight, 5008 Squadron. I can't find that squadron listed anywhere. He was part of the groundcrew, and seems to have spent most of his time building or repairing airfields. So I'm wondering whether the "squadron" designation here refers to a specialist unit of airfield construction workers, and that's why its not coming up on the lists of flying squadrons.

    I would be very grateful if anyone can shed any light on this. I have his diary for 1945 which details what he describes as his "Continental Tour", and I would like to find out where he served in the earlier years of the war.
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    Default Re: Seeking help on 5008 Squadron

    Paul,
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    Don't know in detail, but the earlly 5 thousand sqns were mostly Airfield Construction Sqns (ACS) in the Airfield Construction Service. 5001 were in Cyrenaica in the early 1950's.
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    Default Re: Seeking help on 5008 Squadron

    I'm no expert at all, but 5008 Squadron appears to have been an Airfield Construction Squadron with 85 Group in NW Europe (see e.g. here). My uncle was in a similar Royal Engineers unit at the same time, and that 4-digit Squadron number rang a bell (only a Wiki-bell, but still)!

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    Further edit: there's an interesting account from an ex-member of 5022 ACS at the People's War pages of the BBC here
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    Default Re: Seeking help on 5008 Squadron

    As already pointed out, this Squadron was a ground based airfield construction unit. They were not a flying unit and had no aircraft, and therefore the term 'ground crew,' in this context, is incorrect. The word 'squadron' in the air force refers to a unit. The word 'flight,' refers to a sub unit, i.e. a constituent part of the main unit.

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    Default Re: Seeking help on 5008 Squadron

    Thanks Peter, that confirms my thinking about this squadron.
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    Thanks Pat, useful links.
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